Ellsbury still hitless but knocks in a pair
Speedster causes havoc at top of order; Sox held to three hits
MARLINS 3, RED SOX 2
at Jupiter, Fla.
Monday, March 3
Red Sox at the plate: Jacoby Ellsbury gave the Sox an early spark, reaching base in the first inning before driving in the team's first run on a sacrifice fly in the second. The Sox mustered only three hits in all, with Kevin Youkilis the only regular starter to pick up a hit.
Marlins at the plate: Luis Gonzalez took advantage of Sox reliever Dan Kolb's wildness, drawing a bases-loaded walk to put the Marlins on the board in the fourth inning. Catcher Matt Treanor then put them ahead with a solo home run in the fifth, and outfielder Alexis Gomez finally gave them the lead once again with an RBI single in the seventh.
Red Sox on the mound: Starter Kyle Snyder used two double plays to keep the Marlins scoreless for three innings. Kolb relieved him but lasted only 1/3 of an inning, walking three batters and allowing one single. Sox prospect Justin Masterson allowed the go-ahead run in his two innings to take the loss.
Marlins on the mound: Making the first start of his Marlins career, Andrew Miller pitched a wild three innings, walking five batters, hitting another and throwing only 23 of his 56 pitches for strikes. His stuff was fine -- Miller struck out three batters and didn't allow a single hit -- but the control problems marred his afternoon. Closer Kevin Gregg added a perfect inning in relief, while Lee Gardner pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 2-2, Marlins 5-1
Up next: After pitching two scoreless innings in his Spring Training debut last week, Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his second start of the spring against the Pirates on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla. Also scheduled to pitch for the Red Sox are Jonathan Papelbon and Julian Tavarez, while the Pirates will counter with lefty Phil Dumatrait in a 1:05 p.m. ET start.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.